Tiling Over a Wooden Floor: What You Need To Know

Wooden floors are usually in the form of floorboards but can also be chipboard in more modern homes. Such floors are not the ideal surface to tile over for a number of reasons. They will flex when someone walks across them and also (especially in the case of floor boards) will expand and contract depending on the ambient temperature and humidity. But providing you are aware of the constraints of tiling over a wooden floor and prepare the substrate thoroughly, there is no reason why such a project cannot be done successfully and why it will not endure for many years to come without the tiles cracking or lifting. In fact, the preparation of a wooden floor for tiling is no more difficult than preparing any other substrate if you want to do a professional job.

The main point to remember is that you should never install tiles directly onto floorboards or chipboard (even the newer water-resistant chipboard).

First ensure you have the right equipment – the following items are always useful:

• Scoring Knife
• Flexible Tile Adhesive
• Flexible Tile Grout
• Tile Spacers
• Primer
• Tile Cutter
• Small Saw
• Countersunk screws
• Drill
• Screwdriver

So, first check for any loose boards and screw them into the joists – you should be able to gauge where the joists are because the existing nails or screws will usually run across the boards in a straight line corresponding to the location of the joists. Now you will need to lay a more robust layer over the wooden floor that will protect the tiles from the movement of the wooden substrate. The ideal surface for this is a 6mm tile backer board, which is a stable, waterproof board. Traditionally, 12mm marine plywood boards have been used for this purpose but tile backer board is now less expensive, and easier to cut and fit. But check out the costs of the different boards available in your area before making a decision. The method is the same for both types of board.

Tile backer board can be initially attached to the wooden floor with a good high-grab adhesive – always pressing down firmly to make sure the board has stuck to the floor, but should them be screwed into the floorboards with countersunk screws so that they are flush with the board. (Note, if you are using plywood then you should also screw into the joists.) Each tile backer board should be glued to the next one along the adjoining edge and this layer should be given added strength by layer the boards in a brick-type arrangement so the joints are staggered.

Tile backer boards can be easily cut to size by scoring and snapping in the same way that ceramic tiles can be cut. A small saw can be used to shape the board around pipes or other obstacles.

Once the floor is covered, apply a suitable primer and fix your tiles using a flexible adhesive and flexible grout for added protection against any movement of the substrate. If you have used a plywood base then you will need to fix the tiles with a 2 part adhesive – ask your tile supplier to recommend the best type of adhesive to use.

How to Install Commercial Carpet Tiles

If you are having trouble fitting your carpet tiles, or simply need some easy guidance on how to get a professional finish? Then read on…

1) Prepare your surface

  • -Carpet tiles can be laid without adhesive but to secure the tiles and prevent movement installations can be carried out using a light adhesive which is available through carpet tile suppliers. This will ensure that the tiles are held in place but can easily be lifted and replaced if necessary.
  • -Like any other material, carpet tiles expand and contract as their temperature changes. To ensure a trouble-free installation, we strongly recommend unpacking and laying the tiles loosely on the floor of the room where they’re to be fitted. They should be left like this for 24 hours to allow them to become conditioned to the room’s conditions.
  • -Vacuum the area to ensure that the area is clean. Also make sure the surface is free of oil and grease and any solvents.
  • -If laying on a solid floor, laying a damp proof membrane is advisable.

2) Laying the tiles

  • -On the back of the tile there should be arrows which indicate the natural lay of the carpet. As the shade can sometimes vary slightly from batch to batch, laying the tiles in alternate directions draws less attention to this inherent manufacturing problem. If however you are using patterned tiles or creating a chequered design effect laying the tiles in the same direction is fine.
  • -Now when you begin to lay the tiles, start from the centre of the room and work outwards to each wall. Make sure each tile is tight to the next and parallel
  • -When you reach the wall you may be left with a gap which can look unsightly, so if you move the centre tile slightly and repeat the process until you have an even gap all around the area this will give a better appearance.
  • -Lay the tiles tightly and squarely to the neighbouring tiles, making sure you do not trap any carpet pile between each join. Fit the tiles which need to be cut last.

3) Cutting the tiles

  • You may have to cut the tiles which are near the edge of the walls or around obstacles such as fitted cupboards etc.
  • -Firstly replace the tile nearest to the wall with the tile which is to be cut.
  • -Now place the tile you have lifted up against the wall tightly and use as a template
  • -Draw a line with a pencil around the edge of this tile which is furthest away from the wall, this will then become your cutting line.
  • -Use a spare tile as a firm base to cut the tile. A sharp knife and steel ruler help to give clean cut.
  • -Finally, fit the cut tile and repeat the process all around the room.

Glass Mosaic Tiles Are Transforming Decor

Glass mosaic tiles now come in such vast array of colours, textures and styles that they are really transforming the way we adorn our interior walls.

The tiles are subtle in size but come with such incredible impact that even the most discerning of consumers and interior design specialists are seeing the value of adding mosaics to any room.

And there is evidently a great deal of passion about these small but perfectly formed tiles which are often carefully and skilfully produced using only the finest glass and stone. If you take the time to look around the internet and really seek out the best tile suppliers what you will find is a wealth of wonderful mosaic tiles on offer.

There is undoubtedly a collection for every setting from the smooth, sleek and sumptuous glass mosaic tiles to Aztec patterns and styles, 3D-effects and colours steeped in inspiration from the Impressionist painters.

With fabulous finishes, tempting textures, captivating colours and stunning sizes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for ways to finish your bathroom in a simple and practical way you might try white wall tiles. But if you want to add some wow factor then perhaps ripple or sparkle tiles in a stunning scarlet red.

Once you start to look at and consider mosaic tiles you’ll also understand that they come supplied on a ready to use mesh for a quick and easy application. So it isn’t a complicated and complex option as many people think. They are incredibly easy to apply and to achieve the results you want.

With the superb range of new effects, twists on traditional tiles and ranges now mixing up the UK tile market, you really are able to get very creative. But you should look to the real tile experts who can boast years’ of industry experience. This is so you can choose, buy and apply your mosaic tiles with complete confidence.

So why not check out the many options available and start planning how you might finish your room with glass mosaics to get the look you want. From the practical to the wow, the stunning to the simply relaxing, there are some many styles, textures and colours to choose from. Go on get creative with tiles in your room. There’s never been a better time to get truly creative, especially as the seasons change. As now is the season that demands a richness and warmth to counteract the crispness of the ever-colder weather and the crunchiness of the falling leaves. So take inspiration from this season and all around you, and go create.